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Of Boxing and Oceans

Finding a good training buddy can be a challenge, finding fun places to train can be an even bigger challenge. Fortunately for me, on my current contract, not only have I found a wonderful training buddy, but we regularly make time to train in fun places. Boxing drills on the beach in Mystery Island, Vanuatu is an amazing way to start off any day! We like to mix it up with punching drills then sprints in the sand and push-ups on rocks. 

Haida Adventures

I am so very happy to be on vacation right now and back in my hometown of Masset, British Columbia. Taking advantage of the peace and quiet to write lots and do a lot of training on the beach. Distance runs in the morning and speed runs at night. Where is your vacation bliss?!

   
    
 

Juice It!

So when I’m at home, my sister and I are all about juicing everything. If it can fit in a blender and has nutritional value, we will make a juice out of it. When I’m at work on the ships, it becomes much more difficult to be a juice junky. Even with a hand blender (which we’re not technically allowed to have onboard) access to fruit and veggies can be limited and we don’t have kitchens, etc etc. However, upon arriving to Tampa and perusing our local Publix, I discovered an absolutely magical line of juices. Suja Essentials are all juice, all natural, gluten/dairy/GMO free and incredibly delicious! I’ve since given up on juicing on my own and make a trip to Publix every week to stock up on tasty organic juices!!! If they sell them in your area, GET SOME!!! Or check them out online at http://www.sujajuice.com!!

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New Definitions

‘Is that a rain cloud? Does it look like stormy weather coming?’ I asked.

‘No!’ she said, ‘in Barbados, a cloud like that just means a little drizzle. Just like a red traffic light means look both ways’.

‘Where I’m from, red lights mean stop’ I said

She just laughed at me.

Redefining life and traffic laws….

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Dream it | Do it

Never ever lose sight of your biggest dreams…
Climb higher….
Reach further….
Achieve greatness….
Because you can…
And you will….

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Wanderlust……

Finding myself in a cave in Bulgaria.

Never stop dreaming.

Choose Your Own Adventure

I love a good adventure. In fact a good adventure is my favorite thing in the world. You all know how I get in slumps with training while working on the ships. Well sometimes you just have to make your own new adventure!! One of our lovely ports of call on the Carnival Imagination is Santa Catalina Island, and the city of Avalon. A gorgeous little Californian town, in which I’ve found an epic training run that I do every week. After a short tender boat ride to shore, and a warm up walk down the pier, off I go. It starts off tough with a stair climb, I haven’t counted the stairs yet, but there’s a whole bunch! Up all the stairs then up a windy curvy mountain road until you feel like you might die. At the top of the hill/mountain is the Catalina zip line adventure and then it’s back down the hill to the bottom again. At that point I do the stairs one more time then run along the coast until I feel like it’s time to come back. It’s tough and fun and a really nice change from treadmill running like I do the rest of the week! For me, It’s all about finding new adventures to keep myself motivated!!

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Wine n Dine Half Marathon!

Well those of you who have been following along with Facebook or Twitter will know that the Wine n Dine Half Marathon took place last weekend and it was glorious! This race was super exciting for me. Not only did I get to run with a bunch of my old friends, but it was a DISNEY RACE!! Which of course is my favorite type of race. We all know Disney knows how to put on a show, well they certainly also know how to put on a race!! This particular race is the finale to a magnificent event that Walt Disney World puts on in Epcot, called the Food and Wine Festival. Food and Wine is pretty much the greatest festival ever. They have booths set up all over the World Showcase from different countries and you can taste different food and beverages from each booth as you wander around the park. They also have live entertainment almost every night, this year some of the highlights included Wilson Phillips, whom I did not get to see, and Hanson, whom I did indeed see!! This magnificent event goes on for just over a month and culminates in the Wine n Dine half marathon!!! The race begins at the Wide World of Sports and goes through both Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios before ending in Epcot with a giant party and much exultation! I have been looking forward to this race for months and I’ve been training hard. I did, however, have a few trepidations.

1. Running outside!! I’ve been training strictly on a treadmill for the last 7 months. How am I going to react to running on real life land, have I been training g hard enough? I try to vary my treadmill incline and speed enough to mimic land, but maybe I didn’t train correctly or enough.

2. Temperature!! I spent the last 3 months in the Baltic, training in the cold, how will my body react to the high temperature and humidity of Florida?! Especially with all the signs proclaiming ‘EXTREME HEAT WARNING!! STAY HYDRATED, THIS MAY NOT BE THE WEEKEND TO RUN YOUR BEST TIME’

3. Time!! This was a night run. Start was 10pm. Sure I do training runs that late, but my entire race history, be it marathons or triathlons, is all morning. I know how to prepare for morning races, I know how my body reacts, nights races are a whole other ball game, I’m not sure how best to prep.

So I went into the race, not expecting much, but expecting to do the best I could do. As expected, the first 3 miles were the worst. I always fight through those. Between mile 2-3, a ruthless cramp almost crippled me, but I ran through it. I love running outdoors. After the amount of discipline I’ve developed to run on a treadmill for endless miles, it was like a vacation to run outside, so many things to look at, so many people to race!! Turns out I didn’t do so badly in the training department. Once that pesky cramp worked itself out, I ran like there was no tomorrow. I felt amazing and turns out, I ran my best time ever! 2:05!! And I had a blast!!! Great success!!! And at the finish line, not only did I get a massive giant medal, but also a glass of wine!! Best. Race. Ever!!!!

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Grab a Bomb

My newest treasure from the gluten free world came to me from http://www.amazon.co.uk, tasty little energy bars called ‘ENERGY BOMB!’ (www.pulsin.co.uk). Now that we have Dover as a home port full time, I’m able to order things, which has made getting protein powder much easier (the amount of time I’ve wasted trolling around Italian grocery stores trying to find protein powder that I can read the ingredients of, I can’t even tell you!) In my last order, along with my new favorite protein powder (enriched with glutamine, best ever!!), I got some energy bomb bars to try out. The flavor I have is ‘Banana Crisp’, and it’s amazing. I’m snacking on one as we speak. They are gluten free, vegetarian, with no added sugar, no trans fats and non GMO!! I’m so happy with the ‘banana crisp’ flavor that next time I’m ordering a bigger box with more flavors to sample!! If you’re UK based, grab a few! If you’re not fortunate enough to be able to get your hands on some, maybe I’ll bring you some back in November!!

Rocket Nutrition

As a lactose intolerant celiac, when I get attached to something delicious AND allergen free, I get excited. When I was home on vacation, my sister (who is the queen of locating gluten free goodies, and also making them) had found a celiac friendly, all natural oatmeal that I “just HAD to try”. So of course, I got one in every flavor and tried them all. Best plan ever!!! Not only was it the most delicious oatmeal ever, but I’m not allergic to it!! Great success. So I brought multiple bags of it with me on the ship (if you find something delicious outside you become a bit of a hoarder on ships, as we can’t easily access non-ship food). Now I’m running out and I’m not pleased at all. I’m going to have to get some shipped, or beg my family for a care package, or something. Either way, if you can get your hands on Rocket Foods Oatmeal (made with love in Canada, BTW), I highly recommend it!! http://rocket-foods.com/

A Celiac Abroad

I have an amazing tale of gluten-free excellence to pass on from Rome. I spent the entire Mediterranean season hearing about how delicious all the pizza and pasta in Italy was, and never getting to try any, as that is generally a giant pile of gluteny death for me. On our last Rome stop, my Russian friend Alexey and I were walking to the Trevi fountain and happened to turn down a fabulous side street that had a small sign advertising….wait for it….RUSSIAN MENU AND GLUTEN FREE MENU. We both almost had heart attacks. For one, Alexey could read the menu in his mother tongue and I could order something traditionally Italian. We scurried off to the Trevi fountain, after promising the lovely Maitre’d that we would most certainly be returning. A few coin tosses and some priceless photo stops later, we returned to the restaurant, and the waiter proudly informed me that EVERY PIZZA AND PASTA on their menu could indeed be made completely gluten free! After I recovered from the shock and amazement, of course I ordered a pizza, Alexey happily read his Russian menu, and we shared some crisp Sicilian pinot grigio. Let me tell you right now, that was hands down the most amazing pizza I’ve ever eaten, on my last day in Rome, I finally got to experience what my friends had been going on about. It was an absolutely unforgettable day in Rome!

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